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Farm Safety Day Camp VII


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

The seventh joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 455 students registered, representing thirteen schools in the two counties.

During the day, they will hear presentations on basic first aid, fire extinguishers, calling 911, lawn mower safety, ATV safety, tractor rollovers, livestock safety, general farm safety, danger of grain drowning, sun safety and using seat belts, electrical safety, and PTO safety. MedLink Air from Gundersen Lutheran working with the Mabel Ambulance Crew is scheduled to be present in the morning.

The Fillmore County Pork Producers are serving lunch to nearly 600 people, in addition to the fourth grade students; there are teachers, volunteer presenters, and FFA members. The lunch includes pulled pork, white & chocolate milk provided by the Fillmore County ADA, Houston DHIA, Fillmore County DHIA, and Houston County ADA; the Rushford, Preston, and Harmony IGA’s are providing chips, with bananas coming from Kwik Trip.

The Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson, and Caledonia FFA members will serve as group leaders, assist presenters, do presentations, and provide many other valuable services. Each student will receive two farm safety books to take home. Generation X Construction and the Lanesboro Sales Commission help fund t-shirts for each student and FFA member assisting.

Generous financial support comes from many area businesses and organizations; From Caledonia: Caledonia Bakery, Caledonia Veterinary Clinic, Ellingson Motors, SNO PAC Foods, Danielson Insurance Agency, Inc., Portland Prairie Embryo Services, Caledonia Haulers, Inc., Miken Sports, Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191, Caledonia Implement Co., SEMA, Mayo Clinic Health System, Webke Tires, and Farm Bureau Insurance-Audre Myrah. From Eitzen: Hammell Equipment Inc., and Eitzen State Bank. From Canton: First Southeast Bank. From Chatfield: Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic, GP Truck Painting, Hammell Equipment Inc., Olmsted Medical Center, and Manahan Machine Shop. From Fountain: First State Bank of Fountain, Drury Furniture, and K & R Equipment. From Harmony: First Southeast Bank, Hammell Equipment, Inc., Morem Electric, Inc., and Bluff Country Computer Works. From Houston: Eastwood Bank, Ace Telephone Association, American Legion Post 423, Gunderson Lutheran Houston Clinic, H & R Block-Stephen Rischette, and Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company. From La Crescent: P.T. Welding & Driveshaft Repair. From Lanesboro: S & A Petroleum Bulk Plant & Martin Oil Bulk Plant, Preble Farmers Mutual, River Hills Chiropractic, RLH Grain Inc., Thrivent Financial Services-Walter Bradley, and the American Legion. From Mabel: Bank of the West, and Craig’s Auto Repair. From Ostrander: CHS-Ostrander Farmers Coop Elevator. From Preston: American Family Insurance, F & M Insurance, F & M Community Bank, Gehling Implement & Auction Co., Scheevel & Sons Inc., Poet Biorefining, Preston Apple & Berry Farm, Preston Dairy & Farm, McCabe Repairs, and Olmsted Medical Center. From Rushford: Croell Redi-Mix Inc., Hoff Funeral Home, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Lind Awards & Engraving, Norman’s Electric Service Inc., and Farmer’s Coop Elevator. From Spring Grove: Shooting Star Native Seeds, Inc., Wilmington Mutual Insurance Co., Solie Services, Twisted Twig Flower Shop, Terry Sagdalen Excavating, Red’s Hometown Market, and Kraus Oil Co. Inc. From Spring Valley: Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Co., Croell Ready Mix Inc., Olmsted Medical Center, Essig Agency, Marzolf Implement, Sunshine Foods, and Marburger Insurance Services. From Wykoff: Denny’s Equip & Trailer Sales, and Pete’s Auction & Photo Inc.

In addition to cash donations, Preston Equipment Co provides a tractor, spreader, and lawn mowers and Kingsley Mercantile, Harmony provide push lawn mowers. Storlie’s Portable Pit Stops, Spring Grove, with partial support from the Mabel FFA provided port-a-potties.

Next week, I’ll highlight all the presenters and other individuals who assisted with the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

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